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Two booms are better than one !


When working indoors and there is little room for machinery. Spider cranes can provide an excellent solution to many scenarios.

Seen here we have 2 UNIC spider cranes, working together to stand a GRP tank upright with extra care not to let anything touch the fixed attachments on the vessel.

2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem

2 UNIC Spider Cranes working in Tandem

The tank was brought into the building by pallet trucks and Forklifts, then we positioned the two mini cranes to take control.







We then lifted the bottom of the tank off the floor, while the larger spider crane lifted the top end of the tank.

the larger crane then raised the tank upright, taking care not to collide with the conduit and other elements above, as the crane raised the tank.

The tank started to rise, and the smaller crane steadied the bottom, and kept it off the ground.

tandem lift complete

Tank stood upright using 2 spider cranes











The tank was then above it’s final position and the smaller crane removed. The Tank was then lowered down and positioned exactly.

Another job well done by LIFT MINICRANES

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LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were asked along to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry at the beginning of this month, to lend a hand with the replacement of the High Pressure Valves that fuel the central heating system for the hospital.

Upon initial survey, the task became apparent when we stepped inside the boiler room, beneath the network of pipes and steelwork to see the valves that need replacing.

The pressure then mounted somewhat when we were told that we only have a 4 hour window to replace a valve, due to the requirement of constant flow throughout the hospital.

20151016_224842 20151016_224955 20151016_230733Thankfully the MAEDA MC104 has a unique facility to be able to manipulate the outrigger legs, allowing the crane to be set-up in really awkward areas.

The pictures give you an idea of the versatility of the spider cranes, and how they can achieve a good lifting position, in the most restricted of areas….



295 mini crane hire at Space Centre

295 mini crane hire at Space Centre

Exciting projects this week….


LIFT MINICRANE HIRE delivered a service this week at the National Space centre near our depot in Leicester. The task was to remove the glass entrance in order to allow room for the latest exhibition to be transported in for display.

The whole entrance was removed with a UNIC 295 Spider crane, and a glass lifting attachment – which was rigged up a few metres away from the entrance, and the glass was taken out individually by the crane. The entrance was cleared and the exhibit transported into the ground floor entrance.

The glass was then replaced in the reverse procedure using the spider crane, and the entrance sealed back up. LIFT LTD worked alongside a team of specialist glass company to perform this task.

A few pictures below for a more in depth look….

UNIC 295 HIREglass liftingspace centre








You can’t get much lower…..

LIFT MINI CRANE HIRE were called upon to find a solution to a development problem recently. We where asked if there are any ways to lift steel floor beams into the existing brickwork of an existing building, that was being renovated into a plush new office block.

The problem was that the building itself is in the middle of terrace style houses, and very little room to manoeuvre.


mini crane hired for basement

Basement work with minicrane

For us, it made sense to lower the mini crane into the basement itself, and lift and work the 6 large steels into their positions.

Once the steels had been lifted – the engineers could then plan the next phase of fitting the floor…. saving time, money and a lot of hassle when compared to lifting through the roof, or a neighbouring car-park?


The possibilities are literally endless………



The URW/506 enjoying the view….

Mini cranes can be of many uses, some general and typical, and some…. well.. not so general…….

Take a look here at the 506 sat beside the water at Teesside Docks enjoying the sunshine.

The repair work being carried out beneath the surface can be a very dangerous, and risky task. But with the help of LIFT’s UNIC 506 and its’ excellent lifting capacity – we can expect nothing less than a safe operation.

Here you can see that the contractors are being lowered into the water, to work on strengthening the docks – by initially being lowered into the water by the spider crane, and complete with breathing apparatus, the team are completing the work below the water’s surface.

spider crane on the docks

mini cranes used for work over the waters edge





Among the many attributes of our mini cranes, we are frequently hired to carry out lifting operations inside buildings, in areas where the average mobile crane would be ruled out for size and weight reasons.

spider crane lifting steel

the spider crane assembling steel mezzanine steelwork


LIFT MINICRANE HIRE where asked to provide a solution to a lifting scenario inside a busy warehouse. With a relatively small access doorway, and noise and pollution restriction.

In this instance, the columns and steel levels are fixed at heights over 13 metres. Which would require a mini crane with a long enough reaching capacity to achieve, bearing in mind the weight being in excess of 500kg.

The Mezzanine floor is assembled straight out of a pit, which prevents us getting too close to some of the columns, therefore a strong enough machine was selected.

The MAEDA 405, has all the attributes for this particular hire purpose. With over 16m of boom and a very short rigging area of 4.3m width – removing issues of taking up too much space.

The crane can be re-positioned within seconds, and set-up to lift from different angles keeping the flow going for a successful operation.

for more information on this mini crane, or to hire one for a project coming up call our office on 078451288911 or email us an enquiry…


THE ORACLE – Glass Operation

The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, well known for the canal that runs directly through the complex.

The main entrance is opposite a bridge that spans the water, and provides a scenic element to the shopping experience.

The Oracle have been having some work done on the renovating and decorative areas all around the area in various parts, one of which meant some glass replacement work above the canopy on the main entrance.

mini crane hire shopping mall















The access for equipment to be used in and around the Oracle is very restricted, and presented a difficult scenario for the glass exchange work. Lift ltd were asked to come in and assist with providing a solution for lifting.

After a close inspection, we suggested a spider crane light enough to track and small enough to manoeuvre around the narrow pathways. With a boom length long enough to reach the glass safely.

The MAEDA MC 305, is only 1300mm wide, and weigh’s 4000kg – allowing us to physically manoeuvre the machine  into a position to allow room for an access platform to take the fitters up to the glass to do the work.

The work was carried out over a series of night’s, with all equipment removed before the crowd of shoppers walked in through the entrance itself. The entrance is now near completion and  you may see a red and yellow minicrane in the Oracle again soon….

For other applications for  minicrane hire – visit the example applications pages, or browse the website….

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LIFT Lends Assistance to Visitor Centre Construction

LIFT Lends Assistance to Visitor Centre Construction

As Leicester awaits the opening of the city’s brand-new King Richard III Visitor Centre, one local business prides itself on being part of a project that celebrates Leicester’s rich heritage.

Lift Mini Crane Hire, based in Aylestone, have been crucial to the construction of the new attraction, which is to open in St. Martin’s on the edge of Leicester city centre on Saturday 26th July.

Recruited by Norman and Underwood, a national glazing specialist, Lift Mini Crane Hire were asked to consult on the equipment needed to successfully complete the installation of the new Visitor Centre’s glass entrance and viewing box; both with regards to lifting glass into position and the transportation vehicle required to deliver glass to the site.

Given the King Richard III Visitor Centre’s location – set between the narrow streets and built-up areas of Friar Lane, close to De Montfort University and St Nicholas Circle – planning for delivery vehicles and installation methods provided a challenge.

However, the design of Lift Mini Crane Hire’s equipment eased any concerns, with the company’s mini cranes purpose-built for working within restricted space.

Kevin Concepcion, who oversees lifting operations at Lift Mini Crane Hire, said:

“We used a small spider crane and a vacuum lifting attachment to lift and hold the glass into position, while the fixers secured it in position. In using the small UNIC/095 mini crane, we were allowed to reduce the space taken up because the outrigger legs can be set in different increments to allow manipulation around obstacles when setting up. The glass was installed over a period of two days for the entrance area.

“The courtyard entrance was an obstacle course in itself, with a wall and feature brickwork already started to form when we arrived. We had to manoeuvre the spider crane around the workers and brick and stone area, set up the mini crane and glass-lifting attachment, lift the glass from stilliages before turning it round in mid-air before lowering it down into position.

“The viewing box was slightly different in that the weight of the units was in excess of 500kg. This meant that we had to upgrade the crane’s lifting capacity, and the vacuum lifting attachment had to be powerful enough to lift and suspend a heavy screen eight metres in the air, while fitters used a Mobile Elevated Platform to reach the area safely. The narrow body of the MAEDA mini crane used allowed us to track through the stonework safely. The versatility of these spider cranes on rubber tracks also allows them to turn in a complete circle, ideal for this type of lifting scenario.

“The glass was lifted under the watchful eye of site management and tradesman, as the screen was hoisted up slowly to the platform on the front of the building and manoeuvred into position for fixing.”

As the King Richard III Visitor Centre prepares to open its doors to the public this weekend, visitors will now be able to walk out into the glass viewing box and look over the exact location of the car park in which the remains of King Richard III were discovered in 2012.

Darren Palfrey, owner of Lift Mini Crane Hire, added: “As a family-run Leicester-based business, where we’re from is important and we are delighted to have been able to assist in the construction of the new King Richard III Visitor Centre. The discovery of Richard III’s remains drew the world’s attention to Leicester and will continue to do so when the centre opens on Saturday. We’re incredibly proud to have been able to play a part in this project.”

Lift Mini Crane Hire Ltd operate all over the UK on a 24-hour emergency service, as well as tendering and planning for a wide range of lifting operations involving spider cranes, lifting equipment, trailer cranes and much more.


LAW & ORDER…… and Action!!!

The story behind the scene…

LIFT minicrane hire where contacted with a very peculiar enquiry by a film production company working on the latest series of the ITV Law & Order UK.

The initial description was that a crane, or lifting device will be needed to lift an old Triumph Dolomite from the river bed, in a remote location beneath one of the City’s many motorway carriageways. There was a restriction on the access to the location that must be considered – a pedestrian footbridge with a 3t limit….

The car itself will weigh no more than a tonne, with all of it’s mechanical elements removed from beneath the bonnet, this will keep the weight down to a minimum.

The lifting of an old car from beneath the Thames.

The lifting of an old car from beneath the Thames.

After a site survey, the job description changed somewhat.

The crane able to lift the weight comfortably would have had to have been a 506 at the very minimum – with the reach over the water’s edge having to be a few metres to look convincing.          The 506 spider crane weigh’s in excess of the 3t payload of the footbridge?

With this to consider, the best way forward was to utilise a smaller spider crane to lift off the removable sections of the 506, track and transport the different elements over the footbridge and re-assemble at the other side.

smaller spider crane used for disassemble.

smaller spider crane used for disassemble.

The boom, legs and various other parts can easily be removed from the UNIC minicranes – this is part of the unique design of this range of minicranes.

We then rigged up the crane at the waterfront at the correct distance away from the water’s edge to allow for the tide, and weight dissipation of the front two outrigger’s of the crane. This meant we were a little too far back to lift the car from the water – bearing in mind the car would practically double in weight when wet. In preparation for this – we decided along with the special effects team, that we would simulate the car coming out of the water, simply by hosing the car down moments before the scene was shot.

We did a practice run, and then the final take – the car came up and round nice and controlled. The car was set down and the detectives approached the rusty old car when summoned by another officer. The attention was then focused on the contents of the boot.

As it turned out, the body of a police officer from years before were still inside the car – which itself opened up a whole new line of enquiry, and so the program began.

The film crew and production team dashed off to the next location to film the next scene, while our operator, supervisor and fitters remained behind to reverse the assembly operation of the crane, and transport it back to our depot.

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Mini crane used to take down the mini at Westfields

Mini crane used to take down the mini at Westfields

LIFT LTD UNIC 706 Spider Crane found itself back at Westfields in Stratford at the weekend – lifting down the MINI COOPER that we lifted up a year ago this month… Early morning customers arriving at the shopping centre would have noticed something missing when walking down the parade that morning.The MINI that has been staring down at the shoppers for the last year has driven down the wall and off down the motorway to a secret location. Take a look at the photo gallery and see the stages of the lift operation and the team on a cold sunday morning in Stratford…